What is Kriya Yoga ?
9 Jan 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
By Swami Yog Subodh – School of Kriya Yoga
Yoga has the universal goal. Yoga is ultimate mission. Yoga is not done, is experienced. Yoga is more about Meditation. All of us have the abundant potency which is beyond our imagination and dreams. Each person has the ability to experience different levels of consciousness; most of the people live in lower levels of consciousness. There are various system of yoga, such as Hatha Yoga, raja Yoga, Mantra Yoga, Kundalini Yoga,Kriya Yoga etc., which are widely propagated throughout the world.
All are aiming at transcendental states where one starts to commune with one’s inner being. Kriya Yoga is more interested in awareness than consciousness.
Dhyana Yoga (Meditation Yoga) Or the Antaranga Yoga or Raja Yoga which is the main stream of yoga or the final key of Yoga. In visible sense, major three components Yogasana, Pranayama and Meditation build Yoga in Human Life.
Concentration is something that occurs spontaneously in a very relaxed mind and body. Relaxed concentration will lead us. The fruit of deep one-pointed concentration is the occurrence of the spontaneous state of meditation. Most people have heard of meditation, very few people have actually experienced it yet.
How can most people learn to explore their minds?
If they cannot concentrate what they should do?
How can one attain meditational experience?
Here Kriya yoga comes to the rescue. Kriya yoga seems to contradict the basic rules of yoga.It says that you should not try to concentrate your mind. Don’t make any efforts to bring about one-pointedness. Kriya yoga accepts most people’s limitations; if you are unable to concentrate, then other rules must be used to achieve the same results.
Kriya Yoga is more interested in awareness than the concentration. It does not presuppose concentration.
The very word kriya means activity or the movement. The word kriya also means practical which leads to Yoga or Union. The source of kriya yoga practices goes back to antiquity and slowly evolved over a period of time through practice and experience.
“Tapah svaadhyaayesvara-pranidhaanaanih”PYS 2.1
Action in Yoga consists of penance, study (of the Vedas or self) and surrendering to the Supreme power.
‘Tapas’comes from the root‘tapa which means among other things, to cause, pain, discomfort. Tapa is thus the practice of austerities. While it sounds frightening, the practice of tapas is widespread among those who think of themselves as practicing yoga. What is called ‘yoga in the modern time, particularly in modern society, is simply a ritualized version of tapas? This is incorrectly called ‘Aasana which traditionally covers the state is still or seated.
While tapas is the first practice mentioned here, it is not the last practice that the yogi must master.After tapas, the yogi must endeavour to practice ‘Svaadhyaaya’that means the study og Vedas, and study of self.
Finally,in yoga Darshan, Patanjali reaffirms his commitment to ‘Isvara pranidhaaranaa’ as a means of accomplishing the goals of yoga. Devotion, surrender before, and contemplation and meditation on.
Kriya Yoga is the yoga of generating of Prana (Energy or life force). The ideal method for people today is Kriya Yoga. Kriya yoga allows you to filter out the morass, the quagmire of complexes, fears, etc. in your mind, which make life an unhappy affair.
Preparation for Kriya Yoga:
Body control and sound health
Proficiency in Mudras and bandhas
Development of breath consciousness
Art and science of Rest and Relaxation
Location and familiarity with the psychic passages and chakras